Hell In A Bucket, Dire Wolf, Cassidy, They Love Each Other, Minglewood Blues, Tennessee Jed, Looks Like Rain-> Don't Ease Me In Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Playin' In The Band-> China Doll-> Drums-> Throwing Stones-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> One More Saturday Night, E: Day Job
June 5, 2017 Subject:
Great show, nice recording
Gotta give the performance, energy level and sound quality a 5... I'm increasingly impressed by 1984 amid the naysayers as I listen for myself. Looking forward to listening to rest of this east coast fall tour as I continue my writing project. '72-'74 and '80-'82 are my two Holy grails but plenty of gems in '83 and '84... just gotta find them
October 11, 2015 Subject:
The Gold Standard for '84
This show was right on the heals of the scorcher the night before in Charlotte, NC. (Were they ever there at all...?).
I've forgotten the first set because it's set list was dull.
The 2nd set was THE SHIT, A bouncy Scarlet>Fire filled with Feedback and Dan Healey's effects. Enter a Playing> China Doll pairing with Junky Jerry killing the solos. Drums> Space played to the deep acoustics of Richmond Coloseum. Jerry's amp failed early in Space and the Jazzy improvs were provided by Phil, Bent and Bobby and are the closest you'll hear them get to Pink Floyd (Listen the guy in the crowd shout out ECSTATICALLY). Jerry returns just before they roll into Throwing Stones and croaks his flemy voice as they kill Goin down the road... Listen closely as dan Healy provides some very trippy effects to the final songs (Only surpassed by the MAGIC he flipped at 10.14.84 in Hartford, Ct. HOLLY SHIT!).
April 16, 2008 Subject:
From someone who is a big fan of early 70's and 60's shows this is a gem. Damn, get off of your high horse and stop looking for the perfect chord progression. This band was about soul and feeling. The LLrain is the best i have ever heard. Open your hearts and soul and listen, not your nitpickin excuse for a brain.
also, the night before at charlotte produced the best browneyed women and duprees. A challenge to anyone who can find abetter. This is from a person who thinks the dead lost it all after pigpen.. 84-86 was special.
November 16, 2005 Subject:
First set A+
LL Rain is a bit of a let down especially after the ripping TLEO, MWood is sick, and Tenn Jed has the place winded - come in with a Ramble on Rose or Lazy Lightning... Sound quality is not as good as the Nak Shotguns which were much more expensive and you can tell as soon as you hear them.
Scarlet>Fire never gives up and 18 mins up there with one of the longest ever. Playin sounds like its about to go into Viola Lee Blues instead of China Doll which would have made this an epic show.
October 7, 2005 Subject:
My first show - 21 years ago!
What a great introduction to the live GD experience.
I got my CDRs from the taper, I believe...I'll have to dig up his info. However, I have the info sheet in front of me...
The lineage is Sennheiser 421 mics > Sony D5 > DAT > CDR on my copy, which is tracked identically to this version. Tracks 1, 2, 3, and 6 of disc 1 are listed as coming from an alternate Nak CM300 source, which I assume is the other circulating version of this show.
What is the source of this recording...it dwarfs that of the Nak 300 that serves as the alternative. Up and down first set with Garcia compensating for his hoarse voice with a series of spiraling jams (see TLEO/TJed). I am listening to the Scarlet>Fire right now and am stunned by the bouncy carribrean flavor it has. The main jam in Scarlet is led by Jerry, Phil and the drummers.....Phil dropping ferocious bombs!! Again I will ask who taped it and with what mics....this is hot! Here goes Brent with the marimba keys...time to melt.
I dont like the first set. The Fire is good though. More later. Oh and amazing sound quality. A+ AUD. Comparable to the 9/8/83 Senn 441 recording, but with more bass. One of the top 3 AUDs on the Archive.
May 28, 2005 Subject:
Top Notch Show
Richmond was always a great venue for the Dead. The '85 Shows were great as well but this one was the best of the 3 I saw in that venue. 3 tremendous jams in second half. Between Scarlet/Fire, Playin, and out of space when Jerry broke a string and the rest of the band went off while he fixed it. First set solid highlighted for me with Minglewood where Phil actually took a short solo. Must have '84 show...
May 10, 2005 Subject:
The previous writer is correct. This scarlet fire is absolutely awesome. Although I did not see my first show until 3.26.87 ( great copy here in the archive btw) this show was always in my rotation.
The scarlet intro is lucid and the keys by Brent are sick throughout the second set. First set is basic but also solid versions of each tune and LL Rain is very well sung. This show is a 5 star show all around. This show, should be in dead lore as having the hottest scarlet>fire of 1984 and possibly and arguably so, in the top 10 ever, somewhere behind, in order: 5.8.77, 2.28.81, 4.13.83,and 8.8.82. All here in the archive; see for yourself.
This show is a fine listen and the first Scarlet>fire since 6.21 of this year. The previous playings of scarlet and fire in the same show had "scarlet" transitioned with "Touch" and into fire.
Great show! Jerrys is soooo hardcore during the scarlet fire transition that this show may- I say MAY- get my vote for best scarlet fire post 70's!Maybe even best scarlet>fire ever..?? what?...yes that is right, possibly the best scarlet fire ever!!!!!
July 17, 2004 Subject:
Prime 84 Dead
The first set was really good. It looks like to be a standard set list, but the Dead really played well. The acoustics were great in the venue. The scarlet begonias into fire on the mountain was the favorite I saw out of many. Brent and Phil were clicking unreal. Check it out and see what you think.